October 22, 2013

Good afternoon team! I know it’s a crazy time right now for all of us getting back on track after selections or going back to standard schedules after fall break. Hopefully we all have a moment to sit down and reflect on some good old fashioned diversity.


Last week Brynn did a great job with the Blast, and I will be borrowing her formatting to keep us better organized.


The Highly Encouraged and Slightly Mandatory Section

Race/Education/Gender This article came highly recommended this week by a few different people. I highly encourage you to focus your attention here. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/10/black-boys-have-an-easier-time-fitting-in-at-suburban-schools-than-black-girls/280657/ (Thanks Brynn and Shani!)



The some-what scary section

Gender/Google/Advertising A new advertising campaign uses google common searches to highlight some disturbing feelings around women. http://www.behance.net/gallery/UN-Women/8467773 << A GOOD ONE FOR THOSE WHO ARE VISUAL



The Good to Know about section

Race/ Higher Education/HBCUs NPR did a really great piece this week on the “whitest HBCU” in the country. It is pretty fascinating to learn about. http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/18/236345546/the-whitest-historically-black-college-in-america?ft=1&f=1013 (Thanks Brian!)


Race/Tokenism To further the conversation we had in the Nashville office yesterday concerning X’s and O’s, these articles focus on tokenism and the role we can play in moving past it. (Thanks Brynn!)



The Hopeful Section

Race/TFA/Atlanta 175 teachers gathered in Atlanta for the African American Corps Members Summit. Watch a few reflections and a powerful poem from a CM about the impact of the summit. (Thanks Kyle!)


Sexuality/Marriage Marriage Equality in NJ is now a real thing! http://feministing.com/2013/10/21/marriage-equality-in-new-jersey/


Music/ Kids/ Individuality Our friend Willow Smith has a new song and it is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and watch her new video. It will make your heart happy; I promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO3CbG4J3gQ



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